Basic Steps to Learn and Read Tarot

Congratulations! So, you have decided to learn and read Tarot. Though there is lots to explore, learning together will make this Tarot  journey fun and exciting.  Here are some steps to help you learn and read Tarot with confidence.

Introduction to Tarot

Start by reading the Tarot page of this website it gives introduction on what Tarot is, different types of Tarot cards and how to choose a Tarot deck.



What you need to start your Tarot journey?

All you need, is a book, a pen and a Tarot deck of your choice to start your Tarot Journey. If you don’t want to spend on buying the cards just yet, do a Google search for the images of the cards and start from there.


The objective of this post is to give you a few simple steps to learn and read Tarot including:

  • Why should you keep a Tarot journal?
  • How to connect with your intuition?
  • Tarot learning techniques.

Why should you keep a ‘Tarot Journal’?

I think keeping a journal is one of the best ways to learn and read Tarot.

I started with a  journal book but decided that it was not for me, as I wanted to share my journey with others and so I decided to write this blog. You can start a blog as well, or  keep a hard copy or create an electronic copy on your computer.

If writing is not your thing, you can always use voice recorders to create an audio journal. Nowadays, our mobile phones are equipped with excellent voice recorders.

Whatever you decide to use make sure you make it look beautiful and personalize it. I am sure you will enjoy the whole process. It is a treasure of your personal thoughts, and you should enjoy writing in it.

A journal plays an important role when you learn and read Tarot, as:

  • It helps you connect with the cards, it is a collection of your personal thoughts on Tarot cards and not some notes copied from other Tarot books.
  • Once you complete writing the meanings of all cards, the Tarot journal, will become your Ultimate Tarot Resource Guide.
  • You can always refer back to what you have written; this will help you to retain information and you can always make changes as you gain more knowledge.
  • You will be able to judge your progress and understanding of the Tarot cards.

Do you have to be a psychic to do Tarot reading?


The most important thing is to spend time with your deck. The more time you spend with your deck the more you will feel your energies connected with the cards.

 You do not have to be a psychic to do Tarot reading. It all basically depends on what you are going to use Tarot for.

 Intuition is normal, where as psychic ability is paranormal. We are all intuitive but not necessarily psychic.

We are all intuitive; Intuition is nothing but a gut feeling or knowledge stored in our subconscious minds.

How many times have you said:

  • I have a gut feeling that…
  • I don’t know why but I am sure I ….
  • I have this strong feeling…

This is your intuition sending you messages.

We all have the answers to our questions, we just need to learn how to access our inner knowledge to help ourselves, and we need to have faith and trust in ourselves and build on our intuition.

Tarot Techniques

Some of the techniques to learn and read Tarot Cards are:

  1. Tarot a day
  2. Your cards tells a story
  3. Draw a card
  4. My first card spread
  5. Comparing same cards from different deck

1) Tarot a day

This is the first technique that will help you to learn and read Tarot, this technique will help you connect with your cards and build on intuition.

Your cards need your time

  • If you don’t have much time just allocate 20 to 30 minutes every day of your time for ‘Tarot Practice’.
  • Select a space where you will not be disturbed.
  • You can establish your own little ritual if you want when you sit to read Tarot. You can do this by creating a relaxing atmosphere by burning scented candles, or playing soft- meditation music, saying a prayer etc. Or just sit down in a relaxed position, try to forget everything around you and focus on what you are doing right then.
  • Keep your deck in front of you and select the card of the day. ( I would suggest that you start with 0 The Fool and complete all Major Arcana and then move on to the Minor Arcana.)learn and read Tarot
  • Now close your eyes and take a deep breadth.
  • As you breath in and out, imagine and feel the tension easing out of your body with each breadth, starting with your forehead and working your way downwards to your toes.
  • Let any thoughts that come pass by and focus only on releasing the tension and calming yourself.
  • When you are ready open your eyes and look at the card in front of you.
  • Do not look, read or refer to a Tarot book just focus on the card in front of you and write down:
    • What images, symbols or pictures do you see in the card?
    • What do you think these images; symbols or pictures stand for?
    • What positive or negative feelings do you feel when you look at the card?

Once you have written down your thoughts you can refer to Tarot books, blogs or you tube sources available to get more information on your card and compare it with what you have written about the card.

Remember there is no right or wrong way to learn and read Tarot.

At times you may not feel confident or draw a blank when you look at a card, in such situation you can always refer to Tarot card resources such as books, blogs, you tube easily available to you. These resources are rich in content and give you all the information you are after.

Some of my favourite sources are:

  • Ultimately Tarot – John Field (a book)
  • (blog or website)
  • has excellent tarot card meaning and amazing podcasts (blog or website)
  • You tube: Reading Tarot Cards by Goodie (audio/video)

2) Every card tells a story

Once you have finished ‘Tarot A Day’,  it is time to write a story.

We have all learnt the art of writing picture comprehensions when we were in school, well, it is that time again, you are now to write the story of the card in front of you. Do not overthink, let your imagination run wild let your right brain take over.

3) Draw a card

For this technique, you will need to once again find your Tarot space and complete your ritual if you have established one and meditate with your cards.

Once you are ready shuffle your cards, ask your question and draw a card.

The question you could ask could be, for e.g. what do I need to do today? or what should I focus on today? Is it the right time to take important decisions in business?

Look at the card in front of you and listen to the thoughts that cross your mind, think how it relates to your question and what the card is trying to tell you. Write down your thoughts, then go about your day observing the events that happen or people you come across during the whole day, and come back to this exercise at the end of the day. Write down how the events and people you came across today relate to the card.

4) My first card spread

This is a very special technique for you; you are about to try out your first reading. It is always good to keep your first reading simple. You can start by using a 3-card spread.

You can decide what your 3 card reading stands for, the most common 3 cards spread used is the Past, Present and Future, your 3 card spread will depend on your question that you want to ask.

Some of the examples are:

  • Past, Present, Future
  • Situation, action, outcome
  • Opportunities, challenges, outcome
  • Current situation, option1, option2
  • Logic, emotion, intuition
  • Yesterday, today, tomorrow
  • What, where, How
  • What, where, When

Find your special Tarot or Zen space where you will not be disturbed, for the next 20 to 30 minutes.

Decide on the spread that you will base your question around.

Do your grounding and centering exercise.

Shuffle your cards and ask your question.

Lay your 3 cards out in front of you.

Look at the cards individually first and then as a whole. What is the first thought that crosses your mind when you look at the cards? What feelings come to you when you look at them? What is the first response that comes in your mind in context with your question? (Remember intuition is the response of your subconscious mind, the subconscious mind responds to you before your conscious mind takes over)

Write down the story of the card according to their position in your spread and what it means.

5) Comparing same cards from different decks

Besides using this technique to learn and read tarot, you can use it to choose a deck as well.

This technique is for Tarot learners who are interested in using more than one type of deck.

Once you get familiar with your current deck you can explore different decks available in the market and compare them with each other.

You can compare the symbols, the colours, the imagery used in the same cards for different decks.

Take a minimum of 3 different decks and select a card for e.g. The Emperor.

Write down what you see in each of the cards, the colour, the imagery, symbols etc.

Now highlight the similarities in each of the cards.

At the end summarise what are the similarities and the differences you identified in these cards.

Note down what you feel when you look at each of the card; do the cards elicit a different feeling or response?

Are you comfortable with all the three decks or do you have a favourite?

If you have to design the card yourself what will your card look like?


Over to you now

You now have with you some ways in which you can start your Tarot Journey. Try it out and let me know how you go with it by commenting below. You can also suggest different methods to learn and read Tarot.

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